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PA MICHIGAN MEN SENTENCED FOR VIOLATING THE RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY ACT
Release Date: 01/23/98
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 1998
MICHIGAN MEN SENTENCED FOR VIOLATING THE RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY ACT
Martin S. Stevenson of Prudenville, Mich., was sentenced on Jan. 12, and Steven Lord of Grand Blanc, Mich., and Robert Adams of Houghton Lake Heights, Mich., were sentenced on Jan. 15, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Bay City for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) by participating in a conspiracy to illegally dispose of paint waste containing methyl-ethyl ketone (MEK). All three received identical sentences of 12 months in prison and a $4,000 fine. MEK is listed as hazardous waste under RCRA and human exposure can lead to severe respiratory tract ailments and a loss of consciousness. The paint waste was allegedly misrepresented as non-hazardous hydraulic fluid and placed in a dumpster and spilled on the ground at Lakeside Stamping Inc., in Prudenville, Mich. The waste was then alleged to have been disposed of at a landfill in Waters, Michigan which was not licensed for the disposal of hazardous wastes. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.